Inclusion Support Subsidy and Early Intervention

Children rights are universal and no children should be discriminated on any  grounds as specified, including disability (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989). As per the Early Years Framework (EYLF), learning environments should enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting , respond to their interests and needs and be responsive to the interests and abilities of each child catering for different learning capacities and styles (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations [DEEWR], 2009).

Quality Area 6 aims to provide access to inclusion and support assistance (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority [ACECQA], 2011).

Cchildren with additional needs are those from the following priority groups:

  • Children with a disability, including children with high support needs
  • Children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Children with a refugee or humanitarian intervention background who have been subjected to torture or trauma, either in their country of origin or during their refugee experience
  • Indigenous children.

Our aim is to ensure that any child with additional needs is included in the regular setting with appropriate changes made to ensure that the child is fully involved in all activities. We aim to professionally develop our educators to work with children with special needs and provide a supportive environment that encourages learning process. Educators role modelling inclusive practices encourages other typically-developing children to consider these children as their peers and one of them.

Our Journey: From Exclusion to Inclusion


Principles of Inclusion:

  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • All Children can learn
  • Normalisation
  • The Least Restrictive Environment
  • Early Intervention

Every child, regardless of their needs, has the right to participate fully in their community and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children. Additional supports may be provided to children with additional needs and their families to help them participate in an inclusive society
that enables them to fulfil their potential. Research shows that providing support early is linked with improved outcomes for children with disability, particularly when support is provided in the child’s natural environments. (NSW Government, Family and Community Services)

Early Childhood Intervention Services ( DEECD)


Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry and their families. ECIS provides special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and coordination, assistance and support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.

Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and focused on supporting the child in their natural environments and in their everyday experiences and activities. These services are funded through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and provided by Specialist Children’s services teams and Early Childhood Intervention agencies.

The overall aim of these services is to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to meet the needs of their child and to optimise the child’s development and ability to participate in family and community life. All services are provided using a family-centred approach, recognising the importance of working in partnership with the family.

Inclusion Support Programme Guidelines

Family Involvement


We believe that intervention programs for children with additional needs should not only focus on child
outcomes but must also recognise the integral role that families play in the development of their child.

Inclusion Support Subsidy (ISS)


Available for families and Educators and is paid to the Scheme to support the inclusion of a child or children with ongoing high support needs. The ISS payment is a contribution towards the costs associated with the impact of caring for a child that requires additional care and attention because of their
ongoing high support needs. This means children of all abilities can participate in our Family Day Care setting along with other children including their siblings.The ISS payment , limited to a flat hourly rate, is determined by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and is indexed annually.

For more information about Inclusion Support Subsidy please contact Nominated Supervsior..

IPSP Fact Sheet 1: Applying for Inclusion Support Subsidy

IPSP Fact Sheet 2: Claiming for Inclusion Support Subsidy

Inclusion Support Agencies (ISAs) are responsible for undertaking activities that provide eligible early childhood education and care (ECEC) services with practical advice and assistance in accessing resources that will support them to build capacity and the ability to provide a quality inclusive environment for children with additional needs.

For the purposes of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP), children with additional needs are those from the following priority groups:

  • children with a disability, including children with a high support needs
  • children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • children with a refugee or humanitarian intervention background who have been subjected to torture or trauma, either in their country of origin or during their refugee experience Indigenous children.

ISAs employ Inclusion Support Facilitators (ISFs) to work directly with services in order to achieve this outcome. Support provided includes:

  • assisting eligible ECEC services to access the Inclusion Support Subsidy, Flexible Support Funding, Bicultural Support, Specialist Equipment
  • promoting an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the identified priority groups within eligible ECEC services
  • providing practical professional advice and guidance, and sourcing information to respond to identified needs
  • providing on-site assistance with the development and review of planning (Service Support Plan), to support the establishment, and/or improvement and maintenance, of quality inclusive environments
  • assisting eligible ECEC services with the preparation of Flexible Support Funding and Inclusion Support Subsidy applications and, where appropriate, endorsing applications once completed

There are 17 ISA regions in Victoria.

ISA contacts by region



KU Children’s Services
P: (03)5221 1814


Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 5134 3284

North Outer Melbourne

City of Whittlesea
P: (03) 9404 8861


Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 9785 7622


Scope (VIC) Ltd – Benalla
P: (03) 5762 7121


Upper Murray Family Care Inc
P: (03) 5720 0000

Central Highlands Wimmera

Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 5338 8854

Inner Melbourne

Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 8823 8653

South East Outer Melbourne

KU Children’s Services
P: (03) 8768 4300

East Gippsland

Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 5134 3284


Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 5434 4500

West Metro Melbourne

Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 9304 7400

East Middle Melbourne

City of Monash Council
P: (03) 9518 3548


Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 5434 4500

West Victoria

Inclusive Directions
P: (03) 5561 4535

East Outer Melbourne

Knox City Council
P: (03) 9298 8000

North Middle Melbourne

Noah’s Ark Inc
P: (03) 9458 4133